Entertainment / Arts

Subha Theraniyo - A film based on the trials and travails of an enlightened Buddhist nun

Views - 58 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:15

Subha Theraniyo, to be screened in line with the Vesak and Poson festivals, is suitable viewing for the whole family, with a story depicting the emancipation of one of the pre-eminent female disciples of Lord Buddha. The film will be released on the


American comedy film ‘The Hustle’ in 6 Lankan cinemas

Views - 6 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

American comedy film ‘The Hustle’ will be released in six Sri Lankan cinemas from today. They are Colombo City Centre, Liberty by Scope Cinemas, MC Cinemas, Empire, Milano and Savoy Rajagiriya. Staring Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, an


Mobitel supports musical artists with premium Master Unlimited voice and data package free

Views - 9 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

As the national mobile service provider that stands by its brand promise of ‘caring’, Mobitel remains keenly attuned to the gravity of the recent unfortunate events in the country, which has brought economic activity to a halt for some sections o


Airtel launches music streaming app: Wynk Music in Sri Lanka

Views - 9 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

Airtel Lanka, has launched its music streaming app – Wynk Music in Sri Lanka, allowing users to enjoy a seamless and personalised music experience on their smartphones. Airtel is the first operator in Sri Lanka to launch a music streaming app of s


‘Star Wars’ movie in 2022 will come from ‘Game of Thrones’ creators

Views - 5 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): After the Skywalker saga concludes in December, Walt Disney Co.’s next venture into the ‘Star Wars’ galaxy will come from the creators of HBO’s global hit ‘Game of Thrones’, the company’s chief executive said on T


Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie parable kicks off Cannes

Views - 7 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

CANNES, France (Reuters): With a glamorous cast of flesh-eating undead including Iggy Pop, US filmmaker Jim Jarmusch kicked off Cannes’ cinema showcase with an acerbic swipe at American society – though the zombie romp lacked the bite some critic


Ranga Bandaranayake wins golden award for ‘The Silence’ at XXI International Festival in Moscow

Views - 16 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

On 26 April, Ranga Bandaranayake, an experienced well-known Sri Lankan TV drama and program producer, son of a Sri Lankan film director and playwright, Kala Keerthi Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, won the golden award for his film ‘The Silence’ under t


Sri Lankan youth win at ‘Silk Road & Young Dreams’ music competition

Views - 57 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

Young musicians Nipuna Siripathi and Tharushi Athukorala, who represented Sri Lanka at the recently held ‘Silk Road & Young Dreams’ competition, were placed 3rd for their outstanding performance under the ‘Silk Road Young Voice Musician’ cate


Savoy launches ‘Avengers: Endgame’ with box office record and first real Dolby Atmos experience

Views - 37 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

Savoy Cinemas, a Ben Holdings company, premiered the much-anticipated Marvel’s thriller Avengers: Endgame on 26th April at their premier 3D cinema; Savoy Wellawatta. This premiere coincided with the global launch of the movie, and quite fittingly a


‘Matilda’ magic to come alive in Colombo with Cinnamon Life

Views - 304 Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:00

‘Magic’ is a word that echoes in every conversation about ‘Matilda the Musical’ and that’s the magic Cinnamon Life is bringing to Sri Lanka in June. One of the West End’s best-selling productions, ‘Matilda’ is being presented in Colom


Cinnamon Life presents The Clairvoyants

Views - 23 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Last week Cinnamon Life hosted the much-awaited magical experience, The Clairvoyants, as they performed their full-length sold-out show in Colombo for the first time ever in the whole of Asia at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre. Sri Lanka was


Shortlist announced for Gratiaen Prize 2018, awarded by the Gratiaen Trust

Views - 88 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

The shortlist has been announced for the Gratiaen Prize 2018. The Gratiaen Prize is awarded each year to the best submitted creative work in English, written by a Sri Lankan writer resident in Sri Lanka. Both published works and unpublished manuscrip


Huawei ‘Beautiful Sri Lanka’ photography competition for smartphone photography enthusiasts

Views - 42 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

Huawei, the number one smartphone brand in Sri Lanka, introduced an exciting new photography competition entitled ‘Beautiful Sri Lanka’ as a platform for Huawei users to showcase their photographic eye and their talent. The contest is open to all


Sri Lanka’s heavy metal icons Stigmata roars to 19 years in music

Views - 66 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s heavy metal icon, Stigmata, rocked its way into the band’s 19th year in music at the anniversary concert held on Saturday 6 March at The Atelier: House of Performing Arts. Celebrating its 19th birthday, Stigmata put on yet another sw


‘Creative Activities for Children’ by Somalatha Subasinghe Play House

Views - 16 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or popularly known as ‘Somalatha Subasinghe Play House’ commences its next session of the ‘Creative Activities for Children’ program on 4 May. The program is open to children from ages


SOS Children’s Villages youth Shane Manohara takes first step towards dream career in music

Views - 18 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

Led by sheer will, inspired by the late ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson and backed by SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka (SOSCVSL); Shane Manohara Rajapaksa, who is an SOS youth took the first step towards his dream career in music, releasing his


Cinnamon Life presents ‘Matilda the Musical’!

Views - 64 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Cinnamon Life will present one of the best-selling shows of all time in Colombo this June – ‘Matilda the Musical’. An utterly exhilarating, nostalgic and heart-tugging story that is based on the much-loved book by the incomparable and world-ren


Catching The Drift: Live Music Thursdays at Botanik Rooftop

Views - 19 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The Drift, a five-piece band has been taking Colombo and the Southern Coast by storm over the last five months with their covers of pop, jazz, funk, blues, and reggae songs. Their home base in Colombo is Botanik, where they started with an acoustic t


Launch of ‘88 Keys’ Art Studio showcases drawings by artist Shevan Gunesekera

Views - 13 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The ‘88 Keys’ Art Studio paintings named ‘Revival’ by Shevan Gunesekera was launched recently to a private audience at the newly-opened Gallery at Unit 1, No. 19, 18th Lane, Colombo 3. It was one of his many exhibitions to focus exclusively o


Mesh Dance Theatre makes Bakamuna design partner for ‘Pluralism’

Views - 38 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Mesh Dance Theatre, the sister company of Mesh Academy of Dance, will be producing ‘Pluralism’ on 5 and 6 April at Park Street Stables with Bakamuna as their official design partner. Choreographed and directed by Umeshi Rajeendra with original mu


Central Saint Martins London hosts launch of ‘Anoma’ monograph on Sri Lankan artist

Views - 116 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

On International Women’s Day 2019, the work of Anoma Wijewardene was celebrated at London’s historic art college Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts. Anoma, who is one of its well-recognised alumni from the South Asian region, is consid


St. Patrick’s Day at Havelock Town a success

Views - 42 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

Although it is unfamiliar to the majority of Sri Lankans, 17 March is somewhat of a global significance. If one is to question why, then the answer would be that it is St. Patrick’s Day! Every year, 17 March is universally celebrated as the Feast o


Rapunzel unfolds at British School in Colombo

Views - 19 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

The British School in Colombo in its continuous search for excellence in music and theatre unveiled their latest production, ‘Rapunzel’ at the school auditorium recently. This timeless children’s classic fairy tale was unfolded by the Year-4 s


‘Closer to Jesus’ Gospel service

Views - 23 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

The season of Lent calls us to enter the spiritual journey that transforms us and reminds us repentance and forgiveness in our lives. ‘Closer to Jesus’ is a Gospel service of the Passion of the Christ presented by ‘Praise and Worship with Choro


HNB banking partner for ‘The Clairvoyants’ presented by Cinnamon Life

Views - 29 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

Hatton National Bank has teamed up with Cinnamon Life as the official banking partner for the magic and mentalism performance by the Austrian duo ‘The Clairvoyants’, to be held on 4 April at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa theatre. HNB will offer


Mobitel facilitates ‘The Clairvoyants’ presented by Cinnamon Life as Official Communication Partner

Views - 21 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

Mobitel is proud to be the Official Communication Partner for the highly anticipated show, ‘The Clairvoyants’ presented by Cinnamon Life, featuring the world-renowned magician and mentalist duo, Amélie van Tass and Thommy Ten, who are the world


An evening in full swing with Biggles Big Band at Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

Views - 21 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

Hua Hin, Thailand: The swing excitement has recently revisited Hua Hin as Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin welcomed Biggles Big Band to delight Thai fans with hits from the golden era of jazz. The beautiful city of Hua Hin was in excitem


‘Get Out’ director’s new film ‘Us’ to release in SL on 29 March

Views - 20 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

After sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, ‘Get Out’, Academy Award-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nig


Nilmini wins Most Brilliant Performer Award at 14th Osaka Asian Film Festival for ‘Asandhimitta’

Views - 73 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Nilmini Sigera the lead actress of the film ‘Asandhimitta’ has won the Yakushi Pearl Award for ‘Most Brilliant Performer’ at the 14th Osaka Asian Film Festival concluded on 17 March in Osaka, Japan. Asandhimitta was entered under the main com


Billari Art Gallery officially opens

Views - 69 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

World-renowned Pakistani artist Jimmy Engineer, together with local artist Mueen Saheed, recently collaborated for the opening of Billari Art Gallery, in Colombo. The art exhibition and opening had many leading personalities and art lovers present t


Today's Columnists

A case for reviewing plantation management

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Last week, I elaborated on ‘Going Beyond Agronomic Research for Plantation Reform’ with the aim of beginning a conversation on the importance of non-agronomic research to understand the many problematic areas that plague the plantation sector, in


How are we doing in e-government?

Thursday, 23 May 2019

It is customary to assess some aspect of the performance of a country using a composite index such as the Ease of Doing Business Index or the Network Readiness Index. For government services, there is the e-Government Development Index (EGDI), issued


National introspection in the aftermath

Thursday, 23 May 2019

“The immediate task for the Government is to guaranty the safety and security of all innocent Muslims and prevent a recurrence of 1983 … One cannot eradicate one evil with another” – Anatomy of an Islamist Infamy (III), CT, 9 May. In this, th


Dhammika Perera an anti-establishment candidate

Thursday, 23 May 2019

During the holy Vesak weekend the phones were buzzing all over Sri Lanka over a story that appeared on a web page. The story said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had met with business tycoon Dhammika Perera whose business empire contribute


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